NCAA to announce 'corrective' measures for Penn State Associated Press Published: July 22, 2012 at 09:51 a.m. Updated: July 22, 2012 at 02:33 p.m.
NDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA announced Sunday that it will levy "corrective and punitive measures" against Penn State in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky and a scathing report that found school leaders covered up allegations against the now-convicted former assistant football coach.
The NCAA released no details, saying they would be disclosed on Monday morning by NCAA President Mark Emmert and Ed Ray, the chairman of the NCAA's executive committee and Oregon State's president.
Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of 45 criminal counts for abusing 10 boys over a number of years. A report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded that the late coach Joe Paterno and three former administrators - President Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz - "repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse."
Emmert as recently as last week would not rule out the possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program in the wake of the scandal, adding that he had "never seen anything as egregious."
The last time the NCAA shut down a football program with the so-called "death penalty" was in the 1980s, when SMU was forced to drop the sport because of extra benefits violations.
"This is completely different than an impermissible benefits scandal like (what) happened at SMU, or anything else we've dealt with. This is as systemic a cultural problem as it is a football problem. There have been people that said this wasn't a football scandal," Emmert told PBS. "Well, it was more than a football scandal, much more than a football scandal. It was that but much more. And we'll have to figure out exactly what the right penalties are. I don't know that past precedent makes particularly good sense in this case, because it's really an unprecedented problem."
Short of death, NCAA got it right in penalizing Penn State 10:06 AM, July 23, 2012 By Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Sports Columnist
The NCAA came close to getting it right. But I wanted the death penalty.
Following the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, the NCAA came down with unprecedented punishment and sanctions. The NCAA hit Penn State where it hurts:
• In the wallet, penalizing Penn State $60 million. That money that will go to help kids who are being sexually abused across the nation. This is a great, great thing. If there is one kid who can be helped by this, it’s $60 million well spent.
• In the record books, taking away all of Penn State’s wins in 1998-2011. And yes, that takes away Joe Paterno’s record as the winningest coach in NCAA history. Thank God. I don’t ever want to see his name at the top of that list again.
• In the future, preventing Penn State from going to bowl games for four years. Then again, who the heck would want to invite Penn State to a bowl game right now?
• Taking away 20 scholarships per year for four years, which will cripple the program for years. Just in case all the other steps don’t do it, too.
...and he will not be in a position to hurt another child:
Jerry Sandusky sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison By Jenna Johnson, Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 8:30 AM
BELLEFONTE, Pa.— Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach who is a convicted child molester, was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison for sexually abusing a series of young boys over more than a decade.
At 10:09 a.m., Sandusky stood at the front of the courtroom in a bright red jumpsuit with his back to his wife and four of his children. Judge John M. Cleland told the 68-year-old that the sentence of at least 30 years, but not more than 60 years, meant he would be in prison “for the rest of your life.” Sandusky looked down for a moment, then back at the judge. The courtroom was quiet.
The sentencing took less than 90 minutes, but it provides another moment of closure for Sandusky’s victims, along with a community that has been stunned by one of the most devastating, high-profile scandals to hit higher education.
Sandusky’s sentencing follows a two-week trial in June, during which prosecutors told jurors about 10 prepubescent boys who had been sexually abused by Sandusky. Eight of those victims testified, often saying that they lacked a father figure while growing up and that Sandusky made them feel special, taking them to football games and introducing them to players for the storied program.
The abuse spanned more than a decade, according to trial testimony, and occurred in hotel rooms before football games, during trips to bowl games, in university locker-room showers and in a bedroom in Sandusky’s basement. Some of Penn State’s most powerful leaders, including the late Joe Paterno, the former head football coach, have been accused of knowing about the abuse and not taking enough action to stop it.